House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, said Friday night that the House and Senate appear to be close to a deal on Medicaid reform before the bill has been debated by the Senate, reports the News Service of Florida. Cannon said Rep. Rob Schenck, R-Spring Hill, and Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, have been negotiating a change that would affect the health care of nearly 3 million Floridians. “I’ve heard [on] Medicaid, that Chair Schenck and Chair Negron have essentially reached accord on the big picture,” Cannon told reporters after a late House session. Cannon did not provide any details on the emerging compromise and said he wasn’t sure if the deal was final. But the speaker brushed aside criticisms that lawmakers were negotiating a major legislative overhaul in secret. “When they reach some sort of accord, it’ll be vetted before both entire chambers, voted on by the full House and the full Senate. … I would be surprised if any concepts in there haven’t been vetted for two years in this process,” Cannon said.
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